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tattletale

[tat-l-teyl] /ˈtæt lˌteɪl/
noun
1.
a talebearer or informer, especially among children.
adjective
2.
telltale; revealing:
a tattletale smear of lipstick on his collar.
Origin of tattletale
1885-1890
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90; tattle + tale
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  • He wanted a dog to help him hunt, but he did not want a tattletale.

  • That First Lieutenant of ours either has eyes in the back of his head or else the Sergeant is a tattletale.

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  • Course, I didn't need to worry, because Stinky told them all right, just like a tattletale.

British Dictionary definitions for tattletale

tattletale

/ˈtætəlˌteɪl/
noun (mainly US & Canadian)
1.
a scandalmonger or gossip
2.
another word for telltale (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for tattletale
n.

formed in English 1888 from tattle + tale. Probably patterned on telltale (1540s). A 16c. word for "tattle-tale" was pickthank.

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